On Saturday, August 18th, news broke that the legendary diplomat Kofi Annan sadly passed away at 80 years old in Bern, Switzerland. According to the New York Times, reports confirmed he died from a short illness; no other details regarding the illness were provided to the public.
Annan was famously recognized as the seventh secretary-general — and first African-American secretary general — of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his many contributions attributing to peacekeeping in 2001.
Following the news of his death, many world leaders, other notable names, and fans posted a heartwarming tribute for the late diplomat on social media — many of which highlighted some of his most famous quotes. Among those who paid a tribute included actor Forest Whitaker, model Naomi Campbell, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Congressman Al Green, and many others.
Please pray for Annan’s friends and family, as well as others across the globe mourning his death. In remembrance of his legacy, please watch the video below:
As of 5:00 PM ET on Sunday, President Donald Trump has not yet commented on Annan’s passing. If the president releases a statement, this article will be updated accordingly.
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